School bulletin

Monday 26 June – timetable week 2 Assemblies: Hall – Da Vinci Year 10 – Dorset field trip meeting in S3 at morning registration Tuesday 27 June Assemblies: Hall – Hawking Gym – Roddick Litter Rota: Franklin DEAR: Coubertin, Mercator, Da Vinci Wednesday 28 June INSET Day Thursday 29 June Assemblies: Hall – Shelley Gym – Mercator Litter Rota: Coubertin DEAR:  Roddick, Franklin Festival of Tennis […]

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Year 11 summer ball

Dear Parents and Carers

As we approach the end of the examination period for our Year 11 students, we begin to turn our attention to the Summer Ball which is the well-deserved celebration of our Year 11’s time with us at Durrington. As we are now just matter of days from the Summer Ball and I am writing to confirm the final arrangements for both parents / carers and students for the event. As you will be aware, the Summer Ball is being held this year at the Avisford Park Hilton Hotel, Arundel on the 27th June. The ball will be hosted in the Grand Hall at the far end of the hotel building and this fantastic venue is a very fitting place to hold a formal celebration for the students and staff.

All students have paid for their ticket and received a receipt of their payment through Parentmail. Following the Leavers Assembly on Tuesday 27th of June in the Hall, students will have the opportunity to collect their Summer Ball ticket. Tickets will only be issued once students have been formally signed off, having sat their exams appropriately, returned all textbooks and school resources including their Library books. Please be aware that entrance to the Summer Ball is by ticket only.

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All year round sports facilities for hire

Dear Parent / Carer

Are you looking to set up a new fitness class or thinking of turning your current recreational club into something regular. Do you have access to the facilities you need? We welcome new users to the school.

If you, or you know of a club or charity looking for a new venue please share our details. It’s not just our students who benefit from the superb facilities; we continue to provide our school for hire to the community. We’ve developed lots of links to local teams, clubs and groups and played our part in making Durrington High a sports environment to thrive.

Whether it’s for competitive sport, drama, a fitness class to conference facilities we’ll have a room to accommodate your needs and all at an affordable cost.

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DHS Charity

Are you someone who wants to make difference to other people who are in need?

We are looking for students who might have an interest in being part of something a bit different, that cares for people in the community. 

We are really excited to announce that we are going to launch our first ever official school charity in September – we want to give DHS students the opportunity to find creative ways of doing something really good in the lives of those who are left behind/in need both within our school community, within our local area and further afield.

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Stand Tall – Race for Life

What an amazing achievement! The Stand Tall Girls took on and completed the very worthwhile challenge of the 5km “Race for Life” in Worthing.

We had the biggest team at the event on the day, with over XX students and staff involved. We also had staff coming down to watch and cheer us on along with members of the families of the girls taking part.

All decked out in our “very pink” Stand Tall t-shirts, we knew by the end of the event we would be the same colour as our tops because as it was a hot morning, a very hot morning!

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Meet the Author with Durrington High

Students from the Creative Writing and Book Club groups got to meet Author Non Pratt on Monday afternoon. She was talking about her new  book, Truth or Dare  and getting us to think about the idea of bravery. She challenged us to a game of Truth or Dare – someone had to hop on one leg and squawk like a parrot, while another had to trust a friend to draw a big moustache on her face with eyeliner! – one of our students got called up to tell a truth. This made us think about how some people can tell a lie that looks and sounds like a truth and it might be really hard to tell if they are lying. This is really true when you think about some of things that people say online. Our e-safety lessons at school teach us about this and to question the sources we use as well as think about what we post.

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UPDATE: FAIR AND ADEQUATE SCHOOL FUNDING

Dear Parent / Carer

Following the general election outcome on 8 June, Headteacher colleagues and I felt that it is appropriate to contact you again regarding school funding.

The salient points are as follows:
•The Conservative manifesto pledged an additional £4bn to fund schools over the next five years
•Schools across England are still awaiting a detailed announcement relating to the introduction of an urgently needed National Funding Formula
•School funding – and severe teacher shortages – are having a profoundly negative effect on school provision. In a recent survey of over 750 Headteachers:
•45% confirmed that 2 or significantly more teaching posts are being cut from September 2017
•92% said school funding was ‘inadequate’ or ‘at crisis point’
•90% stated that recruitment was either ‘difficult’ or ‘extremely challenging’

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Year 11 Clearance Day – Tuesday 27 June – 8.50am – 10.00am

Almost unbelievably, the last event of your child’s compulsory education is upon us!

On Tuesday 27 June, Year 11 will meet for the final time. We will have a whole year assembly followed by book collection. At this time we will also issue the Summer Ball tickets.

We would ask that all Year 11 students arrive at school at 8.50am and go straight to the main hall. They are expected to be in full uniform.

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Durrington High pupil’s success at All England Regional Dance Finals

Pupils from Durrington High School have been competing at the Regional All England Dance Finals with their extra-curricular dance school.  The pupils have to gain a high score at a qualifying festival in order to enter the regional finals and then gain a place with honours to get through to the Grand Finals in August. […]

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100 Club – Monthly Winners

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Art & Design Show 2017

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INSET day – Wednesday 28 June 2017

Dear Parent / Carer   INSET day – Wednesday 28 June 2017 A reminder that the school is closed for students on Wednesday 28 June 2017 for a staff training day.     Yours sincerely Mr S Allison Deputy Headteacher

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Safety and well-being of our students

Dear Parent/Carer Safety and well-being of our students In all aspects of our school life, the safety and well-being of our students is at the core of our very purpose and everyday work. In light of the recent events in Manchester and London there is an understandable focus on security arrangements. I am writing to […]

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Taster Sessions

A message to all parents/carers of year 6 students who are joining us for the  Taster Sessions this week. These are on: Tuesday 6th June Wednesday 7th June Thursday 8th June Students should arrive in Main Reception at 3.45 and, when the session is over, leave from Main Reception at 5pm. Please note:  All students […]

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Durrington High Fund Raisers Car Boot Sale

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School Funding – A guide for parents

School Funding – A guide for parents Dear Parent / Carers Along with up to 3000 Headteacher colleagues across 14 counties I am writing to you in order to raise the issue of school funding and the significant current financial difficulties that all of our schools are now facing. During all of our campaigning work […]

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Tennis Report

Durrington High School’s Charlie Pycroft represented Sussex on the weekend in the U14 Tennis National Finals. In previous years the Sussex team hadn’t made it to the last 8 before so getting this far was a huge success alone for the team. In the last 8, they managed to secure victories against Lancashire, Essex and Kent to make […]

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DHS Sports Report

Congratulations to the students who have been selected to represent the district at the Sussex Schools Athletics Championship at the K2 Centre in Crawley on 10th June. Selection was made following some outstanding performances at the District Athletics Competition held last week. Junior Girls Jodie Loggenberg – 200m Kelsey Sutherland – Long Jump Ella Macara – […]

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U14 Tennis National Finals

Durrington High School’s Charlie Pycroft represented Sussex on the weekend in the U14 Tennis National Finals. 

In previous years the Sussex team hadn’t made it to the last 8 before so getting this far was a huge success alone for the team. In the last 8, they managed to secure victories against Lancashire, Essex and Kent to make the final against a very strong team from Middlesex. On paper, the team should have lost every match to higher ranked opponents but they played some fantastic tennis, narrowly losing out 4-3 in the end. 

The boys finished the tournaments as runners-up which exceeded all their dreams and expectations.

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Sussex Schools Athletics Championship

Congratulations to the students who have been selected to represent the district at the Sussex Schools Athletics Championship at the K2 Centre in Crawley on 10th June.

Selection was made following some outstanding performances at the District Athletics Competition held last week.

Junior Girls
Jodie Loggenberg – 200m
Kelsey Sutherland – Long Jump
Ella Macara – Javelin

Junior Boys
Luke Ellard – 1500m
Charlie Brierton – Shot

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